Six parties announce to form govt; Shehbaz nominated for PM

Shehbaz says Maryam Nawaz will be PML-N candidate for Punjab chief minister; Nawaz Sharif skips meeting of party leaders.

ISLAMABAD: Six political parties have decided to form a coalition government at the center after the Feb 8th general elections resulted in a split mandate with most of the seats going to the PTI-backed independent candidates.

The leaders of PML-N, PPP, MQM, PML-Q, IPP and BAP announced their decision after a meeting.

After the announcement, Nawaz Sharif, who did not attend the meeting of the six political parties, nominated Shehbaz Sharif for the slot of the prime minister.

Speaking at a press conference after a meeting at the residence of PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Ali Khan in Islamabad, former president and PPP veteran leader Asif Ali Zardari said they had decided to support the PML-N to form a government in Islamabad.

He said they had decided to work jointly and put the country back on the track of development and progress and control inflation and unemployment.

PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said their first priority would be economic development of the country. He said they had decided to vote for the nominee of the PML-N for the slot of the prime minister.

Speaking on the occasion, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif said that Maryam Nawaz would be the party’s candidate for the post of the Punjab chief minister. He thanked the political parties for announcing to support his party. Shehbaz Sharif also said that he would request Nawaz Sharif to lead the coalition government as the prime minister.

However, soon after the press conference, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said Nawaz Sharif had nominated Shehbaz Sharif for the slot of the prime minister.

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